Retail Tales – Kodak Create-A-Print and Unintended Consequences


To say the Create-A-Print (CAP) was important to us is an understatement. Our photo lab was going strong. Lots of happy customers and plenty of business. These were the late 80's and early 90's and film photography was very, very good. One particular day my favorite Kodak rep of all time, Roger Reed, Came to …

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It Takes A Village


The Nike shoe rep brought 12 shoes out of his large black duffle bag. Wilson laid them out on the shoe fitting benches early one spring morning. “This is something entirely new” he said. “Nike has been working on this new line-up for awhile now and we are very sure they will be a huge …

Too big to fail, and yet…


        By the mid 80s I had 6 Kodak reps. From amateur film, pro film, photo lab papers and chemistry, pro digital cameras, photo lab equipment, the list seems expansive. Kodak offered almost everything you would need, and they were the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Whatever they wanted they would …